Youth Percussion Group Performs at Haven for Hope

Zenshin Daiko performs at Haven for Hope
Zenshin Daiko performs at Haven for Hope | Image by Haven for Hope/Facebook

The clients being served by the homeless solutions nonprofit Haven for Hope in San Antonio were treated to a musical show on Thursday when a youth percussion troupe from Hawaii stopped by to share their talents.

“Haven for Hope was excited to host the amazing Zenshin Daiko from Hawaii for a very special performance for our clients and staff,” the nonprofit posted on its Facebook Page. “This amazing group of youth drummers traveled here all the way from Maui during their spring break and performed 10 sets across San Antonio then stopped by Haven before they headed back home. We are so grateful to Susan Naylor, who is on our Leadership Advisory Council for this amazing opportunity!”

Haven for Hope also posted a video clip of the traditional Japanese drum performance on their page.

While in San Antonio, the musical youth group also performed at the Alamo. Other sites of past performances in the city include the AT&T Center, the Doseum, Sea World, the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Zoo, the Will Smith Zoo School, and the Tobin Performing Arts Center.

“Currently, Zenshin Daiko is a children’s group and currently has almost 50 members, ages 5 to 17. Zenshin Daiko teaches taiko to children and shares it with the community,” the group’s website reads.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Haven for Hope is a non-profit organization that offers social services like drug counseling, job training, and transitional housing on a single campus. The group’s “one-stop-shop” service model has been credited with reducing unsheltered homelessness in San Antonio’s downtown area by 77%.

While deploying several different strategies to combat homelessness and vagrancy in Dallas, City officials have yet to try the “one-stop-shop” model employed by Haven for Hope despite the model polling favorably among Dallas residents. Some local stakeholders are looking to bring the model to Dallas, but it remains to be seen whether the City of Dallas will support the measure.

Meanwhile, some 75% of Dallas residents think that homelessness, vagrancy, and panhandling are “major” problems throughout the city.

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